You live, breathe and dream golf. When you are not out on the course playing this great game, you are boring your non-golf friends to tears with your tales of swinging the iron. There isn’t a single aspect that you don’t love about golf even when it is pouring rain and there are hurricane warnings. You are out on the course or staring at it fondly while driving by.
If you love golf from the depth of your being, you have probably imagined about having a job related to it even if it means you can’t get out onto the course and swing the clubs every hour and every day of your life as a touring professional. In the golf industry, there are tons of related jobs to select from as you can become a starter, course mapper, electric golf caddy designer and even club designer. Select a job that you are passionate about and can use your existing skills to create a successful career.
Golf starters ensure that players have a wonderful time when starting out at the first tee. They make sure that every players start their tee time in a prompt and professional manner so there are no delays. They can help people who are alone on the course find the right partners so they can have a pleasant game. The starters also make sure that the players have paid for their round and didn’t just jump a fence and sneak up on the course.
You love golf, talking with golf professionals, and voicing a strong opinion about the rules and regulations governing the sport. Throw writing into the mix and you could become a professional golf blogger. You can provide game recaps, interview pros, and talk about the newest technologies in the golfing product industries. Select a writing niche or cover a wide range of golf topics so that readers can learn more about this popular sport.
A golfer is only as good as the clubs that he swings with on the course. Yet only a small percentage of people play with the right clubs that will help with their skills and performance. A club fitter can help people select the right clubs based on the person’s swing dynamics. They take everything into consideration from the length of the shaft, shaft flexibility, a person’s strength, club weight and other factors to select a set of specialized, custom clubs for each person.
Even teens can become caddies at the right golf courses. A caddie carries the golf club bag for the player, cleans the balls, and can select the the right club to play on certain courses. You will need comfortable shoes and the endurance to constantly walk and be up on your feet. In time you may move up to carrying the clubs to PGA Tour professionals who travel all across the country as you give them tips on which club to use. Of course in more cases, people are using the highly reliable golf push carts.
Your dream job doesn’t have to be out on the links. You can focus on giving the players the best experience when they come to play golf at the resort. You handle the registration aspects as you set up tee times, collect player fees and manage tournament registration. You can also supply the products and merchandise that allows players to become masters.
A player can’t play golf on a bad course. Groundskeeper ensures that the upkeep of the course is managed to the best playable level. You would oversee all landscaping aspects such as mowing the grass, trimming trees, replacing the sand, and shaping the shrubbery. You also ensure the course is safe for players as you can spot potential problems such as sink holes, debris or flooding on the fairway.
Imagine designing the clubs that the PGA Tour pros use during the tournaments. You could put your imagination and your golf dreams to the drawing board to create the latest technologies used in golf club manufacturing. You may work with the biggest manufacturers from Titleist to Ping to create the newest line of clubs that players of all skill levels will demand to have.
Marketers of Resorts
Sales and promotions are your strong points. You can talk the birds from the trees on a good day. If you also love golf, you can become a marketer of golf resorts as you can entice customers to stay at the resort, make tee times, or create tournaments. You can also attract new business by bringing in other clients that will make the customer’s experience even better.
Golf Course Designer/Shaper
When you go out to the golf course, you might have said to yourself, “I would have designed it this way, shaping the course to wrap around this bank of trees and have this type of water hazard placed on the left side.” If you are always imagining about how courses should be designed and shaped, you could become a golf course designer or shaper. Golf course designers use their architectural backgrounds to create courses that can appeal to different sets of skill levels. They can look at the lay of the land and see how the course can be set up to make it challenging for the players.
Golf course shapers enjoy taking those design elements and bringing them into reality with the use of bulldozers and excavators to make the best shape to the course. They shape the bunkers, fairways and greens until each hole not only becomes a playable course, but is also pleasing to the eyes as it becomes one with the environment.
Equipment Mechanic and Maintenance
So much happens behind the scenes that we are not aware of or take into consideration when going out to play a game with friends. We just ask for a cart and motor out to the first tee. Yet it is the equipment mechanic and maintenance crew that ensures all the equipment is in working order. From inspecting the golf carts to fixing the mowers that cut the grass, you can become a mechanic or be a part of the maintenance crew so that the rest of the groundskeepers and staff can keep the course running optimally.
This list above just scratches the surface regarding the number of golf related jobs that are available to people of different skill sets and career ambitions. If you long to get out of the cubicle and out to the green, then you may have a future in this great industry. Take the time to decide on your interests and then select the job that you can excel at as you can make a happy and rewarding career.